A look back, at the teams haul from the class of 2010. From Gerald McCoy all the way through to defensive end, turned tight end, turned fullback Erik Lorig and all the players in between. That helped establish the franchise as legitimate contenders heading in to the 2011 season, as well as put a face on the franchise, lead by second year phenom Josh Freeman. It was an unbelievable haul. That has media types signing the praise of general manager Mark Dominik, head coach Raheem Morris and the entire scouting department.
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma – Started off slow the beginning of the year often looking overwhelmed and getting pushed around at the line of scrimmage. After coming in as the 3rd overall pick and being praised as the next Warren Sapp by some observers, McCoy looked like unfulfilled talent. Then after meeting with Morris and being told to be disruptive and freelance more, McCoy’s game opened up. Around the time of the second Carolina game it looked like the light turned on for McCoy. He really started to play well and make splash plays. When we finally got to see what the 3rd overall pick could do he got injured with a torn left biceps and was lost for the season. He finished the year with 50 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Next year we’ll see which McCoy comes to play.
Brian Price, DT, UCLA – After hearing the buzz about Price coming out of the draft I was expecting big things from the second round pick. But Price only managed to play in three games mustering only 3 tackles. It later came out that Price was playing with a herniated disk. He was placed on IR for the remainder of the season and fans won’t be able to see what he can do until next season (depending that there is one).
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois – Arrelious “Rejus” Benn, the 3rd wideout picked in the draft, was similar to McCoy in regards to starting slowly. But he also showed resolve in coming around and finishing strong. Benn was learning the more difficult “X” position opposite to the “Y” position. Benn was starting to show a knack for making long gains and his touches grew as the season went on. Benn became the big play receiver in the offense, then the injury bug bit. If Benn can recover from his ACL tear with the same burst he had when he left, then the Bucs will have two legit young studs at wide receiver. He finished the year with 29 catches, 395 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt – Myron Lewis was someone that you didn’t hear much about leading up to the draft. He sustained an injury in training camp and that set him back in terms of getting on the field. When injuries happened later in the year, Lewis was forced into action. He showed good cover skills and is a long and rangy player, but still has a lot of room for improvement. Lewis is one of those players that have the potential to be a great player, but will the light come on? He finished the year with 9 tackles, and 3 passes defended.
Mike Williams, WR, and Syracuse – Could be the steal of the 2010 Draft. Williams was our starting wide receiver from Day One. He has good speed, runs great routes and showed he can make the spectacular catch. He is a willing blocker and showed the character concerns that made him fall in the draft are hopefully behind him. Williams and Freeman had instant chemistry from Week 1 -17 and will grow together. The sky’s the limit for him. Williams finished the year with 65 catches, 965 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Brent Bowden, P, Virginia Tech – Was cut in training camp.
Cody Grimm, S, Virginia Tech – Not much was expected out of the seventh round pick from VT. Coaches and fans alike didn’t know what position he would play by him playing the olb role while in college. Grimm was switched to safety and went to training camp on the roster bubble. But after Tanard Jackson got suspended for the year for controlled substances, Grimm got the first shot at replacing him. Grimm was first inserted in the Pittsburgh game and was badly beaten deep. After that Grimm was solid the rest of the way, playing bigger than his size indicates. He got hurt Week 12 but recorded 57 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions.
Dekoda Watson, LB, Florida State – Watson played primarily on special teams proving valuable in that role. When Quincy Black was hurt, Dekoda was part of a platoon at linebacker. He held up well and could prove capable to be more than a special team’s player in the near future. He finished with 30 tackles and 1 pass defensed.
Erik Lorig, FB-TE-DE, Stanford – Lorig came into training camp as a DE. But was moved to the offensive side of the ball where he would become a FB/TE. He started a couple of games for Earnest Graham and played better than expected. He finished with 1 reception, 10 yards.